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IFB14: Maritime, logistics programme unveiled

Liverpool Vision has announced a large part of the programme for the themed fortnight relating to maritime, logistics and energy due to take place during next summer's International Festival for Business.

More than 30 events will take place during June dedicated to the maritime, logistics sectors. Over the entire seven weeks of IFB there are due to be themed weeks for manufacturing, science & technology; knowledge, professional & financial services; higher & further education & research; low carbon & renewables; cities, enterprise & urban business; knowledge, creative & digital.

Some of the events announced this week are:

Looking Ahead – It's all about maritime

9 June, Kathleen & May, Albert Dock, Liverpool

A special breakfast event for up to 60 invited guests on board the three-mast tall ship Kathleen & May. Hosted by Mersey Maritime Group CEO Jim Teasdale, the event will provide a snapshot of the fortnight ahead.

Champagne launch

9 June, Royal Liver Building, Pier Head, Liverpool

An early evening Champagne reception for 100 guests in the atrium of Liverpool's magnificent Royal Liver Building. Hosted jointly by Mersey Maritime, Brabners and Grant Thornton with special guest speaker Sir Michael Bibby, managing director of Bibby Line Group.

UK International transport policy forum

13 June, Malmaison Hotel, Liverpool

An opportunity to participate in a round table discussion with Louise Ellman MP, Chair of the Transport Select Committee and Member of Parliament for Liverpool Riverside.

Grand gala dinner

13 June, Rum Warehouse, Stanley Dock, Liverpool

A black-tie dinner for 400 guests in celebration of the Maritime, Logistics and Energy sectors on a global stage. Hosted by Mersey Maritime in the grand surroundings of the newly refurbished Rum Warehouse within the Stanley Dock complex.

The Apprentice Ship Cup

16-28 June

The Apprentice Ship Cup is a new sailing competition in which eight traditional tall ships crewed by over 150 young Apprentices aged from 16 to 25 will take part in a race along the
UK west coast organised by the Merseyside Adventure Sailing Trust to coincide with IFB 2014 and the Mersey River Festival. Includes an awards dinner on 28 June 2014 at Liverpool Hope University. Companies already committed to taking part include Cammell Laird, Peel Ports, Sellafield, Svitzer Tugs, Regenda and United Utilities.

Maritime & Logistics Conference

17-18 June, Hilton Hotel, Liverpool

A one-and-a-half day conference that will bring together major stakeholders in the cargo and freight supply chain to discuss and understand the innovation taking place in the sector. Includes cocktail reception and dinner on the first day.

Shipping innovation lunch forum

18 June, Hilton Hotel, Liverpool

A lunchtime forum for up to 250 delegates with keynote address. This event is aimed at the crossover audiences of the Maritime & Logistics and Shipping in Changing Climates conferences, which take place either side.

Shipping in changing climates

18 June, Hilton Hotel, Liverpool

A one-and-a-half day conference inviting international participants to share knowledge, multi-disciplinary approaches and analysis of shipping, and contribute to a dialogue and knowledge exchange with shipping stakeholders. Followed by a networking dinner on the first day.

Your Comments


By Beyond

Beyond: – are you trying to suggest that while Gtr Manchester gets down to the serious business of forming a cohesive management plan across the various public sector bodies, Liverpool is organising a series of corporate booze-ups funded by the tax payer. How very dare you!

By Saxondale

Absolutely shameless smoke and mirrors stuff from Showman Max and his merry men at Vision. No doubt a compliant consultant will be paid handsomely to say the IFB generated millions of pounds for Liverpool. Meanwhile Manchester gets on with extending his tram network to all parts, while our vanity Mayor squeezes into a tuxedo at a taxpayer funded jolly.

By John brown

Well said John B. You can already see what they’re going to do about the number of events. The lunch, breakfast, champagne reception will all count as separate events even though they’re for the same conference….”We had 100 events” (we counted a lot thrice)

By Trough

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